Fear of place is the focus of this exhibition. As an anxiety disorder, topophobia is an irrational dread of certain places or situations. However, considered as a cultural manifestation, the condition connects us to existential human questions of how we find our place in the world. The exhibition explores the representation of place and space as both threatened and threatening.
This group show features the work of ten artists; Anne Eggebert, Matthias Einhoff, David Ferrando Giraut, Polly Gould, Marja Helander, Uta Kogelsberger, Abigail Reynolds, Almut Rink, Emily Speed and Louise K Wilson.
Louise K Wilson has been invited to produce a new work in parallel to the exhibition. This work, Missing Scenes – An Evening at Hanging Rock, is based on Peter Weir’s iconic film Picnic at Hanging Rock. The work will be presented at Exeter Phoenix on 5 July. It will consist of a screening of Weir’s original 1975 feature film with video and sound interventions by the artist.
Topophobia is a touring show curated by Eggebert-and-Gould, previous venues include Danielle Arnaud, London 14 January–19 February 2012 and Bluecoat, Liverpool 3 March–22 April 2012.
A publication including colour plates of the artists’ works with texts by Polly Gould, a short fiction by Leslie Forbes, essays by Dr Caterina Albano, Thomas D Trummer and Eggebert-and-Gould, accompanies the exhibition. The book is distributed by John Rule (www.johnrule.co.uk).
Further information can be found on the Topophobia website at www.topophobia.co.uk
Topophobia: An insight
Topophobia: An overview
Wednesday 6th June
2–4pm, free, ages 5+, booking essential
Create an eerie landscape with moving parts to reveal what’s hidden behind trees or in doorways.
The Wood Between the Worlds
Thursday 14th June
9pm-12am, free, ages 16 + at Haldon Forest, booking essential
Artist Tony Whitehead will lead a nighttime stroll across the heaths and into the woods in search of night creatures, real and imaginary. Explore the forest, described as a portal where travel between waking and dream is possible.
28 June 2012, 8.00am
8–9am, free, all ages, no need to book
Join us for breakfast and take the opportunity to see Topophobia.
Saturday Art Club Worshops
11am-1pm, ages 6-11 (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult). £5 per session or 3 for £12
19 May – My amazing Journey
Construct a tabletop scene to represent the best (or worst) journey of your life.
26 May — Bigger Picture
Help create a huge drawing inspired by a bird’s-eye view of the earth.
16 June — New World
Re-arrange maps and add your own features to create a new world.
23 June — Gallery Wanderers
Find out about different sorts of temporary shelter, then set up and decorate your own encampment in the gallery.
30 June — Art in Your Pocket
Make a portable artwork inspired by traditional arts and crafts of worldwide nomadic cultures.
Sunday 24 June
2–4pm, free, all ages, no need to book
An afternoon of creative activities to engage, challenge and inspire. Join us as we explore the exhibition and make original artworks. Hot drinks, juice and biscuits will be available.
Please note that an adult should accompany children at all times.
Contact Microphone Making
Saturday 30th June
2–5pm, £8, ages 16+, booking essential
Topophobia artist Louise K Wilson will demonstrate some of the unusual microphones she uses to make her work. Participants will make a simple contact microphone and use it to listen in on and record some of the hidden and underwater spaces in the city.
Missing Scenes – An Evening at Hanging Rock
Thursday 5th July 2012
6.15pm, free, at Exeter Phoenix, booking essential via Exeter Phoenix Box Office 01392 667 080
Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, will be screened with sound and video interventions by Louise K Wilson. She will explore the film’s multiple interpretations and resistance to resolution. The work has been commissioned as part of Topophobia.
12 May 2012